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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Mashpee woman was charged yesterday in federal court with embezzling more than $100,000 from her former employer, the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, and Falmouth Police Chief Anthony J. Riello announced today that ARMINE E. SABATINI, 46, was charged in an Information with three counts of embezzlement and two counts of wire fraud.

The Information alleges that in October 2001 and continuing through September 2009, SABATINI, a bookkeeper employed by the Steamship Authority, carried out her fraud by creating fictitious names of Steamship Authority customers and assigning refund credits to them. SABATINI then credited Steamship Authority funds – purportedly payable to the fictitious customer names she created – to credit or debit card accounts she controlled. During the relevant time period, SABATINI conducted approximately 382 fraudulent refund transactions, and misappropriated an aggregate total of approximately $148,568 in Steamship Authority funds.

If convicted, SABATINI faces up to 10 years imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on counts one through three, and up to 20 years imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on counts four and five.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Falmouth Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. DiSantis of Ortiz's Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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